The firm’s legal expertise and trial experience allows it to achieve better settlements before trial and better results at trial when settlement is not possible

Recognized Excellence 

Sean Ponist has been has been recognized as a top civil litigation attorney for more than a decade.

“Super Lawyer” Awards

Conferred the prestigious “Super Lawyer” award, a distinction bestowed upon less than 5% of attorneys, for the past eight years (2011-present). 

Best of the Bar

Recognized as one of the Best of the Bar by the San Diego Business Journal.

Lawyers of Distinction

Received this award based on achievements, peer recognition and ethical standards.

Fellowship in the Litigation Counsel of America

The Litigation Counsel of America is a trial lawyer honorary society whose membership is limited to less than one-half of 1% percent of North American lawyers, judges and scholars.

Founded with the goal of providing superior representation of clients in all aspects of real estate, construction and business litigation matters.


Proven Results

Mr. Ponist has recovered more than $115 million for his clients, while also successfully defending and saving his clients millions.


Recovered on behalf of clients over $115,000,000.


Successfully defended and saved clients over $95 million.

You could say we know our way around the courtroom.

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Industry Experts

As accomplished real attorneys, construction defect and business litigation attorneys, the attorneys at the Ponist Law Group are frequently requested to present legal education seminars to other attorneys and professionals.

Sound Business Solutions

As former in-house counsel for one of the nation’s largest commercial real estate brokerage companies, Mr. Ponist and the firm’s litigation attorneys appreciate the importance of blending litigation strategy with business and practical objectives to achieve the best results for clients.. 



“Sean and I worked on the same criminal trial team in the Marin District Attorney’s Office, where we often worked on cases together. I found he was a good strategic thinker, analyzed legal issues thoughtfully, and communicated very well with juries. He’s a great trial attorney, and I’m sure his communication skills make him a hit with his clients, too.”

John Alden
Managing Attorney at Independent Investigations Bureau. San Francisco District Attorney's Office

“Sean provided careful, accurate counsel in a complicated legal matter I was involved in for a period of three years. He is well trained and allocates his time well. In short he is a very good attorney”

Richard Wilson
Former Director of the California Department of Forestry (CDF)

“I worked previously with Sean as an attorney at a firm that handles complex and high-stakes litigation, as well as general commercial disputes. Sean worked closely with clients to craft business solutions and, if necessary, zealously pursue litigation on their behalf. He is an effective advocate both in and out of the courtroom. Sean is also especially gifted at explaining legal concepts and at helping clients assess their legal options, including arbitration, mediation, trial, and settlement.”

Neil Swartzberg
Counsel at Pearson, Simon & Warshaw, LLP

“Sean and I were both attorneys at a former firm with which we were affiliated. Sean is a very smart, experienced attorney, and a really nice guy besides! He works very hard and is dedicated to doing excellent work for his clients.”

Robert Silverman
Attorney, R. Silverman Law Group

“I have had the good fortune to work with Sean on a very complex real estate matter. In spite of these challenges, Sean was able to distill the issues down to manageable components. This is the mark of a skilled attorney. I look forward to the next opportunity to work with him.”

Michael Pallamary
Founding Member at Land Surveyors Advisory Council on Technical Standards (LSACTS)

“Handled a complex situation very professionally.”

Dr. H. Tenenbaum
President/CEO of Harten Resources, Inc.

“Great firm! Responsive to client needs and thoughtful as to what cases need and don’t need. Recommend them highly.”

Audette Morales
Partner at the law firm of Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani
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